Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provides legal advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) who give legal advice to government. The AGO helps the Law Officers perform other duties in the public interest, such as looking at sentences which may be too low.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP
Attorney General
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Stuart C. McDonald MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Attorney General)
Shadow Ministers
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP (Labour)
Shadow Solicitor General

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

28 Jan 2020, 3:29 p.m.
Mohammad Rahman, who forged documents to support immigration visa applications has had his sentence increased under the #ULS scheme. - Link
28 Jan 2020, 11:07 a.m.
Yesterday, the Attorney General spoke at the Government Legal Department’s Holocaust Memorial Day event to honour the six million Jewish people murdered, and all other victims of Nazi persecution. Tackling atrocity crimes continues to be a top priority for this government. - Link
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Attorney General Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 18 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 25 Urgent Questions Legal Advice: Prorogation
Jul. 18 Written Statements Trailer Safety Report
Jul. 23 Westminster Hall Transport Links: Nottinghamshire
Dec. 11 Adjournment Debate Shooting of Abdulkarim Boudiaf
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Attorney General Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Jan. 28 Serial immigration fraudster jailed for longer News and Communications
Jan. 23 Rapist has sentence increased at Court of Appeal News and Communications
Jan. 23 GLD, AGO, HMCPSI: transactions over £25,000: November 2019 Transparency
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Attorney General Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
16 Jan 2020, 4:03 p.m. Cybercrime: Prosecutions Andrew Bowie


What recent progress the CPS has made on tackling online crime.

Answer (Michael Ellis)

The CPS is committed to robustly prosecuting online crime cases, including offline offences with online elements.

In December, the CPS successfully prosecuted three men who, via fake accounts on an online dating platform, met victims to inflict horrendous violent and homophobic abuse. The defendants received significant custodial sentences of between 15 and 17 years.

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